ministry staff

  • Dr. Jason Murphree

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Murph has served in church ministry since 1995. Murph served on staff at Shades Mountain Baptist Church (Vestavia Hills), Central Park Baptist Church (Birmingham), and Hopewell Baptist Church (Hanceville) before becoming the founding pastor of Crosshaven Church in 2004. He continues to serve Crosshaven as our senior pastor and lead elder. Murph is married to Sharon (local pharmacist) and has three children (Jackson, Emma, and Jake). He graduated from Cullman High School in 1992, Samford University in 1996 (B.S. Secondary Education: Social Sciences and History), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 (Masters of Divinity) and 2017 (Doctor of Ministry). Murph is a member of Samford University's Board of Ministerial Mentors and the Board of Influencers for The Foundry. He has taught history and math and coached basketball and tennis on the high school level, served as an instructor for classes for the NOBTS undergraduate program and the Samford Ministry Training Institute. Murph currently serves as the Men's Varsity Tennis Coach at Cullman High School. He likes to spend time with his family, coach and play tennis and basketball, travel, play guitar and piano, and try out new barbecue joints every time he gets a chance.

  • Dr. Josh Swindall

    Student Pastor

    Pastor Josh joined the Crosshaven staff in 2013 and serves as our Student Pastor and as a staff elder. He is married to Ashtin (Registered Nurse), and they have four children (Everett, Emmett, Ellis, and Elijah). They are expecting their 5th child (another little boy) soon. Josh graduated from Fairview High School in 2004, Athens State University (Bachelor in Mathematics) in 2008, UAB (Masters in Educational Leadership in 2013 and an Education Specialist Degree in 2015), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Doctor of Education) in 2018. Josh has worked full-time in secondary and elementary education as a math teacher, basketball and football coach, administrator, and central office employee. He currently serves as the Principal of Cullman Christian School (K-12 Christian School in Cullman). Josh enjoys spending time with family, exercising and staying fit, and reading a good book. 

  • Haley Knight

    Worship leader


    Haley joined Crosshaven in 2015 and quickly became involved with the worship ministry. She has served on staff as Worship Leader since 2016. Haley is married to Josh (local pharmacist), and their daughter's name is Lori Rose. Haley graduated from high school in 2012 (homeschool) and from Wallace State Community College with a Physical Therapy Assistant degree in 2014. Haley grew up in a ministry family and has a heart for church ministry. Besides serving on staff as Worship Leader, Haley also volunteers with our children's ministry and leads a ladies Midweek Bible Study group. Haley  has become a really good photographer and loves capturing life's greatest moments on camera. She is also a sensational violinist and gives lessons to others who aspire to play the violin.

  • Kayla Mitchell

    Children's Ministry Director


    Kayla came to Crosshaven as a member nearly a decade ago and served the church in many capacities before joining Crosshaven's staff in 2018. She is married to John (United States Marine and works at Van's Outdoors) and has two children (Harper and Will). Kayla graduated from Guntersville High School in 2005 and attended Wallace State Community College and Athens State University taking classes in Elementary Education. Kayla has been a full-time preschool teacher for the last 16 years, and she is currently the 4K teacher at Cullman Christian School. Kayla has a passion for reaching children and their families for Christ, She loves spending time with her family and loves photography and being creative. Her knack for creativity and thinking outside the box suit her well as she leads our children's ministry department.